Gef’s Daily Roundup

Vaccine Scammers

Some lowlife scum have been making calls and sending emails about making Covid vaccination appointments. The Police have reminded people how these appointments are made and warned the public to be vigilant for scammers. 

A spokesman said: ‘The correct process is:- You will initially only get a letter about your vaccination. You will then ring 111 to make an appointment there and then OR after your call they will recontact you, this could take a few days.

‘Any unexpected calls about vaccinations could very well be from scammers. If you have had a letter but are not sure about the call put the phone down and ring 111. Unexpected emails could be a scam. You would never be asked to give bank details.’

Only ring 111 if you have had a letter.

Forward scam emails to the IOM Government suspicious email service.

Lady Isabella isn’t Turning….

Onchan MHK Rob Callister, in his role as DfE member for tourism, has responded to his constituency colleague Julie Edge’s question about why the Isle of Man’s most iconic landmark, the Great Laxey Wheel, isn’t turning. He said it wouldn’t usually be turning at this time of year anyway but it is also damaged, as one of the rods connecting the wheel with the T-rocker is broken. 

Mr Callister said: ‘The fracture is a result of age, and weathering of timbers in the rod duct. MNH is in the early stages of developing a strategy to repair the rods and bogies however it will be time-consuming and costly given the logistical and access difficulties. MNH has submitted its grant bid for 2021/ 2022 and awaits Tynwald’s decision in February.’

Let’s Play Darts

If the lockdown ends next Monday as expected, the Douglas Darts League is wasting no time in getting the show back on the road. A statement from chairman John Halsall today says it intends to get womens games back on from Feb 3 and with the mens league back on Feb 8

UK Stares at Empty Stable

Never has the phrase after the horse has bolted seemed quite so perfect. Over in the UK, Boris has said his gov is ‘actively working on’ requiring some travellers arriving into the UK to quarantine in hotels. To put this into perspective, this would be almost a year after New Zealand and Australia instigated this policy. The Isle of Man’s own brief experience with hotel isolation was met with controversy as returning residents were charged up to £1,000 each to stay in the Comis Hotel under a 23 hour lockdown. Returning residents now must self-isolate either in their own homes, if they live alone, or in a different location if they cannot live separate from their household.

Tree Consultation

The public are asked for their views on a proposed tree planting scheme that has been designed to help the island meet its climate change goals.

The Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS) is part of gov efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change by increasing natural carbon capture opportunities. The grant scheme encourages the creation of new woodlands by landowners who are not in receipt of the Agricultural Development Scheme 2019.

DEFA Minister Geoffrey Boot said: ‘ In many ways the pandemic has shone a light on the importance of nature and the creation of new woodland can play a crucial role in combating the biodiversity and climate crises we face. Increased planting also provides important wildlife habitat, enhances and protects the environment, and has proven benefits for people’s health and wellbeing.’

If approved the scheme will allow grants to be issued for the planting and annual maintenance of woodlands of between 0.2 and 10 hectares (around 18 football pitches). 

The consultation runs until 7 March 2021.